The smallest and southernmost island of the Balearics has been described as one of the last outposts of paradise in the Mediterranean. A truly is a magical place, the island is a short (and stunning) 20 minute ferry ride from Ibiza, yet seemingly a world away. The beauty of Formentera is similar to Ibiza—sparkling clear waters, unspoiled nature, pristine beaches—but the island is more like Ibiza 30 years ago: progress happens very slowly here.
The island is covered in cycling paths—eco is the island’s mantra—but if you catch a bus instead, it is likely to be an electric one. Phillipe Starck, the celebrated designer and architect, has a home here and currently has plans to build a string of eco homes complete with their own windmills to provide carbon neutral electricity.
Whatever mode of transport you do take, once you’ve had a look around you’ll see what they are striving to preserve. With a smattering of hotels and hostels, if you don’t stay the night, there are hourly ferries from Ibiza Town during high season.
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